5 Must-See TED Talks on Diversity and Inclusion

Practical Diversity: Taking Inclusion from Theory to Practice

Practical Diversity is a method of training employees that brings theories to action within the workplace to avoid costly issues that arise from discrimination. This concept has three main principles, which, as explained by Dawn Bennett-Alexander, serve to help individuals recognize how their past experiences affect their current perceptions.

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The Surprising Solution to Workplace Diversity

“I’m a three-fer,” proclaims speaker Arwa Mahdawi, “I’m brown, I’m gay, I’m female; I’m three minorities for the price of one.” This TED talk further explores the recruitment process and how to maximize its effectiveness for an organization’s diversity initiatives without allowing employees to simply “tick diversity boxes.”

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Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion, and Collusion

The Inclusion Paradox describes the interesting relationship between two notions: we are all humans and share a human experience, yet we all are unique and different, separated by our DNA, fingerprints, stories, and backgrounds. This paradox explains why “we have a preference to surround ourselves with people who are like us.”

Helen Turnbell, diversity consultant and CEO of Human Facets, shares insightful data and scientific observations to demonstrate the tangible effects of diversity and inclusion.

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Cross Cultural Communication

Cross cultural expert Pellegrino Riccardi explores the definition of culture and how one’s own perception of accepted and familiar alter our view of other cultures. By examining the differences between cultures’ verbal and nonverbal communications, Riccardi helps encourage curiosity as a means to successful and effective cross-cultural communication.

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Cultural Intelligence: A New Way to Think About Global Effectiveness

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a vital skill required to work effectively across cultures and contribute to global issues such as climate change and resource shortages. Many universities are incorporating CQ into their core curriculums so that students are equipped with actionable strategies to increase their CQ and succeed in the global marketplace.

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